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KRAFTWERK IN LAS VEGAS @ CHELSEA COSMOPOLITAN

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KRAFTWERK performed over the weekend at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

INDEPENDENT FILM SNAPSHOT GIVES SOCIAL MESSAGE

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**** INDIES ****



Snapshot is an independent film with a timely social message and an unexpected ending worth the wait. An edgy opening introduces us to Thomas Grady (Zach McGowan - "Shameless" “Black Sails”) the story’s central character; a paparazzo. Grady was pushed out of the business with a death threat after he crossed the line, yet finds himself in a position to catch a revealing photo of the First Lady (Joyce DeWitt - "Three's Company"). Of course The President (Michael Pare -"Eddie and the Cruisers", “Lincoln Lawyer”) wants to get the photo back before it enters the public domain. The drama unfolds as Thomas Grady struggles to make a decision which will end his already strained relationship with his father (Robert Loggia - Academy Award nominee; "Scarface", “Big”, “Independence Day”) and destroy a great relationship with his brother (David Chokachi – “Baywatch” “Witchblade”) while his girlfriend Angela Gots (“Sex and a Girl”, “Dark…

NYC PREMIERE OF TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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The stars came out in force to attend the New York Premiere of 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York City.

Photos By:: Diego Corredor / MediaPunch 

DANCING IN NEW YORK CITY WITH DEREK HOUGH

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Dancing with the Stars Champion Derek Hough visits the promotional area for Kellogg's new product, Recharge Bar in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor / MediaPunch

LUCY LIU'S ''MEENA' EXPOSES SEX TRAFFICKING TRADE

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Deepak Chopra, Zac Posen and Lucy Liu attended the premiere of the short film on sex trafficking: 'MEENA' directed by UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu at AMC Loews Theater in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor / MediaPunch

ROMEO SANTOS WORLD TOUR AT STAPLES CENTER

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Romeo Santos performed at The Staples Center during his Vol. 2 World Tour in Los Angeles, California this week.
Photo By: RD / Michele/ Retna Ltd.

BARACK OBAMA NOT FAZED BY JOHN BOEHNER THREAT

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Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party to task for what he described as its attempt to interfere with the basic functions of government.


“You notice that he didn't specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” the president said when asked about the suit by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview Thursday in Minnesota.


“I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing,” the president added later.


Boehner said Wednesday during the announcement of the lawsuit that the president had “not faithfully executed the laws,” but Obama sharply disagreed during his interview with ABC News.


“The suit is a stunt,” he said.


As for immigration overhaul, the president cited public support for it, insisting he was open to c…

CAN ACTOR SHIA LABEOUF BE SAVED FROM HOLLYWOOD

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****


VIEW MINUS TWO --- I can't say I'm surprised, but late last night it was announced that both Sherrie Shepherd and diamond girl Jenny McCarthy would be exiting The View, and possibly co-creator Bill Gedde. When Barbara Walters left the show, announcing her retirement, although she has already filed several new stories yet to be aired; speculation was rife that the entire show would be revamped. Now, with the Shepherd and McCarthy gone, that leaves only Whoopi Goldberg and rumors are flying that the new additions might be of the male kind; which is what we first posited many columns back.


Face it, when Walters first borrowed Regis Philbin’s host-chat format for this show, choosing an entire female line-up was kind of, well, a wild-card idea … now, all these years later, a more, shall we say, balanced mix, might do the trick. Also, Rosie O’Donnell might return.


Shepherd, I never really cared for and Jenny, well, she was easy on th…

JEAN SHAFIROFF HONORED AT SCARBOROUGH HOME

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**** IN THE HAMPTONS
Photos By: Patrick McMullan ****







The Ellen Hermanson Foundation held their annual Summer Solstice to honor Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital and Jean Shafiroff, for her philanthropic work. Attended by 400 guests, the event raised over $200,000 for the foundation.


Starting at 6pm, a small group attended a champagne reception and tour of the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at the Southampton Hospital. Attendees bore witness to the unveiling of ‘The Martin and Jean Shafiroff Examination Room’, and the donation of two beautiful Pink Dogwood trees in honor of Chuck and Ellen Scarborough that will flank the new center entrance upon its opening. The Shafiroff’s and the Scarborough’s names, and those of Robert Chaloner and Oscar Mandez were all added to the centers Wall of Honor.


RADIO SHACK'S CELEBRITIES DANCING WITH THE STARS

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**** STARS SHOPPING ****









RadioShack fans Giuliana Rancic with husband Bill, Mario Lopez with wife Courtney and Derek Hough all were spotted shopping for their tech favorites at their neighborhood RadioShack.


"RadioShack and RadioShack.com has great FREEdom Offers from June 29 - July 12 where you’ll receive a free gift with the purchase on select items."


Photo Courtesy Of: Chris Clarizio/Domain MSA

MAJOR NEWS FOR GARY OLDMAN PLAYBOY INTERVIEW

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G.H. Harding ****



OLDMAN OUT --- Actor Gary Oldman’s interview in the new Playboy has become major news on the West Coast, firstly for its charges from the ADL that he had propagated anti-Semitic stereotypes; and, secondly, for its apparent support of Mel Gibson. First and foremost, and let’s be clear here … the quotes have been taken widely out of context … probably by Playboy in truth. These Playboy interviews are always interesting, mostly for the fact that the entire interview process can sometimes takes 10 hours or more and by the end, the subject, be it Oldman or Gibson or John Lennon … the subjects are almost always exhausted and sometimes do say things off the cuff. Hey, it happens!

Take it away, Mike Fleming from Deadline Hollywood: “I cherish being part of the Playboy Interview since Robert Downey Jr chose me to interview him 17 years ago and was so honest about his life that he made me look good enough to get invited back. It’s the preeminent …

LIPSHTICK: THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP

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Comediennes Heather McDonald and Loni Love performed at a special preview of The Venetian Las Vegas’ LIPSHTICK: THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND-UP at Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro in Los Angeles.


Legendary comic Jon Lovitz took the stage to introduce Heather and get the crowd excited. Jon joked about how about how excluded he felt by not being included in the female-only comedy series, which kicks off July 11 with Wendy Williams at The Venetian Las Vegas’ Sands Showroom. He spoke very highly of several of the comediennes that will be performing throughout the series including Loni and Heather, Whitney Cummings, Rita Rudner, Lisa Lampanelli, Joy Behar, Iliza Schleshinger, Wendy Liebman, Caroline Rhea, and more. “I’m a huge supporter of female comics and these ladies are very talented,” he shared with the audience.

THE 4TH ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

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The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, presented the 4th annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards June 17th at Sardi’s. Honorees were on hand to receive their awards and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ruth Maleczech and Nicholas Martin were posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.


Among those in attendance were Legend of Off Broadway honorees Edmund Gaynes, Terrence McNally and Wallace Shawn.


Other honorees included: Best New Musical, Fun Home; Best New Play, Hand to God; Best Revival, Saint Joan; Best Unique Theatrical Experience, La Soirée; and Best Family Show, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!

STING AND AFROJACK IN NEW YORKS CENTRAL PARK

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This morning, “Good Morning America” announced that 16-time Grammy Award winner, Sting will join Afrojack as a special guest this Friday, June 27th as part of GMA’s summer concert series in Central Park.


 Sting recently released his fourteenth solo album, The Last Ship, inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. A new play of the same name premieres in Chicago tomorrow night (June 25) with original music and lyrics written by the world renowned musician, who will take a break from his duties as composer to be on GMA this Friday. The Last Ship will debut on Broadway this fall.

Photo By: RD/Kabik/Retna

'ROSE QUEEN' ALIX ASTIR CELEBRATES RESIDENT COVER

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**** NEW YORK CITY STYLE
Photos By: James Edstrom ****



























The Floral Designer to the Stars Alix Astir makes her formal debut as New York’s “Rose Queen,” covering the June issue of Resident magazine. The founder of Trellis Fine Florals is a cut above the rest. All hail the Queen!

We recently went to a great party at Texas de Brazil to celebrate the fantastic cover and a host of celebrities and fashionable New Yorkers were there.


As Resident Magazine put it, Alix explores the corners of Manhattan’s flower district with commanding charisma. Vendors nod in recognition…and respect. She moves deftly from storefront to awning, navigating one of the nation’s most historic markets like the insider she was born to be. Alix lingers over some roses, running a manicured finger over blush-hued petals. “Fresh flowers have life in them,” she says. “They’re vibrant, strong, unbending. These have probably been in the warehouse a week. See how they are starting to goose neck?” She points at a floppy rose head,…

SENSATIONS ICONA POP HEAD TO LAS VEGAS REHAB

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Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo AKA Icona Pop performed at the Rehab Pool Party at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend.

Photo By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

ANDREW CUOMO COPS OUT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just done a huge dis-service to New Yorkers. I like the guy, I like his family, but am very disappointed.


The state Senate passed a bill that would limit consumption to edibles, pills, and oils—prohibiting the smoking or sale of actual marijuana plants. Gov. The bill passed the Senate 49 to 10 after state leaders announced a legislative compromise.

Everyone bowed down to the drug companies. Having had my own health issues a few years ago, I was prescribed Marinol Pills, which is Marijuana in pill form. They did nothing to help, and they cost over 2 thousand dollars for a month prescription. I am sure by now they are over 3 grand a month.

What Gov. Cuomo has done by demanding this compromise, was continue to allow arrest of innocent people and allowed the black market to continue in the Marijuana trade. New York State would have collected billions, once the whole system was in place for a couple of years. New York State would have saved billions from not arresti…

ELTON JOHN'S MILLION DOLLAR PIANO HIGH DEFINITION

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G.H. Harding ****



ELTON’S PIANO --- On July 1, 2014, Eagle Rock will release The Million Dollar Piano by the inimitable Elton John. This amazing show was filmed in high definition and will be simultaneously released on Blu-ray and DVD.


Million Dollar Piano is packed with John classics including: “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Circle Of Life,” “Blue Eyes,” “Bennie And The Jets,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Crocodile Rock,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” and many more. 


Also included is the track “Indian Sunset,” (from John's brilliant 1971 Madman Across The Water album) performed by John with percussionist Ray Cooper. Cooper, who did the so-called two-man show with John in Russia all those years ago, is stand-out spectacular. It is, without a doubt, a major highlight in the package.

The Million Dollar Piano was filmed over multiple nights in 2013 at John’s re…

HAMPTONS CELEBRITIES GET INTO "THE DRIVERS SEAT"

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**** THE HAMPTONS BEST
Story By: Edward Callaghan ****



For over six decades, The Driver's Seat has maintained a unique status as "the meeting place in the Hamptons" catering to a loyal following of hungry diners who seek high quality food at prices that don't break the budget - be they local residents or visitors from around the world.


Now the landmark restaurant is bustling following interior and exterior renovations.

The restaurant's much loved patio is a mass of color with thousands of brightly hued blooms providing the exotic backdrop for casual dining in the heart of historic Southampton Village. The Back Bar presided over by some of the area's top mixologists including Tommy Alexander, Daniel Hoctor and Miss Ronnie- remains the place to see and be seen.


The personable staff, many of whom have been with the restaurant for over twenty years, are back at their posts with warm smiles for everyone who enters. It is not simply the excellent food and lovely surr…

DIAMONDS FOR ORANGE IS THE BLACK LAURA PREPON

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Laura Prepon attended the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards. The star dazzled the world in 100 grand worth of diamonds.

GET THE LOOK

WHO: Laura Prepon, actress in the Best Comedy Series Orange is the Black


WHAT: Laura Prepon sparkles in Simon G. Jewelry at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards.


THE LOOK: Laura Prepon is wearing over 33.00ctw diamonds valued at $100,000.



Additional celebrities in Simon G. Jewelry at Critics' Choice Awards include Lauren Weedman, Gina Rodriguez, and Sarah Baker. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Wireimage/Domain MSA

LANGHAM HUNTINGTON UNVEILS NEW CHUAN SPA

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The Langham Huntington unveiled its luxurious new Chuan Spa with a star-studded evening. The invitation-only soiree was attended by Los Angeles and Pasadena tastemakers as well as Hollywood celebrities from popular TV shows including Pretty Little Liars, Dexter, and Vampire Diaries.

The celebrated evening highlighted the unique offerings at the spa with demonstrations from Mistral LHE, PRIORI®, Kerstin Florian, HydraFacial MD®, Deborah Lippmann and La Bella Donna that took place in the Salon area. Guests enjoyed hand massages, make-up refreshers, eye de-puffers, and cutting-edge laser demos. Fans of Chuan Spa included Melody Thornton who loved testing the Mistral LHE and raved about the company’s Neova product line. Bethany Joy Lenz took advantage of being pampered at the event with a Deborah Lippmann hand massage. She also discovered her Chuan element by filling out the five element questionnaire that determines whether you are wood, fire, earth, metal or water. Following the event…

ASHLEY TISDALE CELEBRATES SHOPPING AT FIGAT7TH

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Ashley Tisdale, E's Fashion Police Co-Host George Kotsiopoulos, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne, and Decades owner Cameron Silver were among the celebrities at Celebrate FIGat7th, an exclusive event held at the downtown Los Angeles premier shopping and dining destination.


Stars and VIPS enjoyed delicious bites from TASTE, a dining collection with chef-driven, fast casual cuisine, which included Sliders from Juicy Lucy, Chicken Tikka Masala by Indus by Saffron, Mendo's Mini Cocktail Sandwiches by The Melt, Southwestern Chicken Salad from Twist & Grill, Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sprinkles, a gelato cart provided by Pazzo Gelato and specialty cocktails amidst the backdrop of the LA skyline. Guests also got a chance to shop till they dropped at Zara, H&M, MAC, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria's Secret.

DASH BERLIN @ THE POOL IN VEGAS COSMOPOLITAN

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Dash Berlin performed at the Insomniac and Marquee EDM Biz Conference After Party at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Nevada.

Photo By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

WILLIAM DEVANE ON FIRE IN FOX 24 LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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**** THE GLORIOUS CORNER
Story By: G. H. HARDING ****



DEVANE ON FRICKIN’ FIRE --- Actor William Devane (Gregory Sumner on Knots Landing) delivered what I would immediately call one of the best performances ever on TV, this past Monday night on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. Devane was again portraying William Heller, now President, and on the edge of making a life-changing move for the greater good. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was terrific as always and had always had issues with Heller, initially turned down the idea, but as always followed the wishes of his boss. Their work together on this show was flawless. Devane’s moments with his daughter Audrey were truly moving and as they neared their final destination, Jack and Heller in a chopper, no words were necessary. The two sat in silence but communicated so much emotion. Truly chilling.


I have to give the writers of the show a heads-up in choosing not to portray the leader of the free world as indecisive, as they had done several times…